Letters for Tuesday, May 9, 2017

• Trump wall and how it can be financed • Proud of achievements on Kauai

Trump’s wall and how it can be financed

I cannot understand why so many are against President Trump’s wall.

Most Americans lock their doors to their homes and many have fenced or hedged-in yards. Most people lock their cars when they go shopping. Why? To protect their assets?

Many of the Hollywood elite that are staunch Trump haters have security guards at their fenced, gated-in mansions with what appear to be big walls to protect their valuables.

Protecting our country from drug smugglers and illegals trying to get into our country is a major problem. Drug addiction is a huge problem with our youth and population in general. A wall would deter much of the drug trafficking through the Mexican-U.S. border.

Immigrants are what makes American great. The wall would also help deter the mass amount of illegal immigration between Mexico and the U.S.

Trump had insisted during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall. It doesn’t look like that will happen. It doesn’t look like Congress will vote to pay for the wall with taxpayer money.

There are other creative ways to finance the wall that have come up on social media and in talking story with friends.

• Selling billboard advertising on the wall, and it could bring in millions.

• Take El Chapo’s and other drug cartels’ money from drug busts that is sitting in vaults to appropriately pay for the wall. This could bring in billions.

• Make a memorial wall where you can buy bricks for $10 to $20 each to memorialize a loved one.

I believe all three ideas could pay for the wall without one dollar of taxpayer money. I actually believe just drug cartel money alone would be enough to pay for the wall.

The wall is not about partisan politics. The wall is about keeping our country safe.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

Proud of achievements on Kauai

I was able to attend a Kauai High baseball game this past February, and am very pleased that they went to states and won thewhole thing! I saw them play the team from the Big Island, and when I saw they were playing them in the tourney, I was a littleconcerned, but the boys beat them!

Congrats to the players, coaches and their families! As a former high school and American Legion coach, I know very well howtough it is to go all the way! Good job to all!

On another topic, I was also pleased to see that the Kalaheo Cafe was honored as a small business. It is one of my top choicesfor food on the island and have personally talked to John on a couple of occasions to let him know how much we enjoy allthey do there.

Great news from my home away from home. See you all in February!

Jim Eggers, Mead, Washington

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